At 4/12/10 12:55 AM, Zero123Music wrote:
Yeah, why export the track? then add effects and limiters etc. when you can do that with alot more precision inside your sequencer - to me, it just looks like making perfecting the song harder for yourselves
It allows you to get a totally different tone and squeeze the track more. All in all this thread is just going to turn into flaming, but all the same its important to note mastering and mixing are quite different. The two do go hand in hand though.
The idea behind mastering is that when someone cuts and mixes a song they export it. It is then mastered BY SOMEONE ELSE because that allows for a new perspective. The purpose of mastering is to have someone else take the final mix and bring out the colors in the music.
The reason that someone else is used for mastering rather than the recording/mixing engineer is that once you get the song cut it's become one of your babies, in a manner of speaking. Typically an artist/producer can't really hear what is lacking within a mix, because they were the ones who created the mix. So they feel that the final product is just right. But by exporting the file as a .wav and having someone else master it, you allow for a second perspective to be used. And thus the song typically ends up having a richer and better commercial sound because an outside producer can really hear what is lacking in a song a lot easier than the recording/mixing producer.
I'm guessing the argument for this would be "But I know what I want a song to sound like, and therefore I should master it myself to make it how I want it." That could be the case, but that being said it is always good to get that outside perspective because when you master your own music you are limiting yourself.
Thus for most people on Newgrounds it isn't a very big issue because most people here can't afford to send their music to professional mastering houses/studios. This is often why a lot of songs lack that extra shine that most commercial music has.
But this is the big reason why mastering is post production. In the commercial world its all done out of house in order to allow for that extra perspective to help make a song shine. And from my experience a song typically sounds very different after it has been mastered by someone else because they hear the song differently. Whether that is better or not is up to each and every situation. But there is a definite method to the madness, mastering is not done as post production by sheer happenstance. :-P